Just found out that this book is going to be released on June 1. The description from Amazon:
Volume One of The Complete Little Orphan Annie contains more than 1,000 daily comics in nine complete stories, from the very first strip in August 1924 through October 1927. In the pages of "Will Tomorrow Ever Come?" readers will discover how Annie escapes the orphanage and is ultimately adopted by "Daddy;" how she finds that loveable mutt Sandy and rescues him from being tortured; how she meets the Silos, who become recurring characters throughout the series; how she joins the circus and first encounters Pee Wee the elephant; and how, broke and alone, she hits the road on a succession of dangerous yet spiritually uplifting adventures. This volume also includes an index, and a biographical essay by Jeet Heer.
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Little-O ... 600101402/
As an enthusiastic collector of the Harold Gray LOA comic strip, I have been waiting for a volume such as this for "a lifetime"! No one has ever done anything of this magnitude for the early years back to 1924, and much of it I have never seen, due to the fact that the Princeton University Library in New Jersey--my source for many LOA strip runs not available in reprint books--has the Chicago Tribune complete back only to 1930.
I have been in close contact with the strip compiler in Florida since the idea for this book was first thought about, and I impressed upon him the absolute necessity that EVERY strip must be included for the period indicated with no gaps, and that they MUST be in the CORRECT ORDER. This is one reason for the delay in the release of the book, which was supposed to come out in late February.
As owners of what we call the "Arf" book know, the volume, while a great idea, was compiled in a shoddy manner with some strips in the wrong order and with huge storyline gaps along the way encompassing 30-40% of the 1935-1945 time period. The Pacific Coast Comic reprint books are very good, but they also have gaps and are in no way a COMPLETE record of the LOA strip runs, the way this new book will be.
We all hold our collective breath that this book will be everything it should be and will be THE definitive work for the earliest LOA strip years.